Venezuela has detected its first case of monkeypox, a traveler who arrived from Spain, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday (12).
“Through an epidemiological siege, the first suspected case of ape smallpox was detected at Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetía (24 km from Caracas),” the statement reads.
“The patient, who entered the country from Madrid, Spain, had contact with two infected people in the city of Barcelona, in the European nation. He was immediately isolated, the relevant tests were carried out and a sample was collected, which produced positive results, with stable health conditions”, he adds.
The Ministry of Health did not give details about the infected person.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recorded more than 1,000 cases of monkeypox in thirty countries where the disease is not endemic, with significant outbreaks in the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal.
The first symptoms of contagion are fever, headache, muscle aches and chills, which then progress to skin lesions between the first and third day.
This viral disease, which is transmitted by contact with an infected person with skin lesions, was first identified in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is considered endemic in 12 African countries.
No deaths have been reported among confirmed cases in non-endemic regions, but their appearance worries experts.